Spring 2016

ARTD 2139-001: DRAWING 2    Rowe 1XX, MW 2–4:50 PM
Professor Susan Brenner & McColl Artist in Residence, Hollis Hammonds
Susan’s information: Rowe 273, tel. 704-687-0210,
Office Hours: TR: 1:00 – 2:00 pm; other times by prior appointment
Hollis’s information: McColl Center studio #215,

**You are responsible for reading and following the guidelines outlined in this syllabus.**

Course Catalog Description

Drawing 2. (3) Prerequisites: Art major; a grade of C or above in ARTB 1201 and ARTB 1203. Pre- or corequisite: ARTB 1206. Further development of perceptual skills with emphasis on conceptual issues; exploration of subject matter, meaning and content, and thematic development in a variety of black and white and color materials. Six contact hours. (Spring)

Important Information

This is a special version of Drawing 2, as we will be working with Hollis Hammonds, the 2016 McColl/UNCC Artist in Residence. An important part of our class experience will be creating an exhibition that opens on March 17, roughly 2/3 of the way through the semester. This is both a real challenge and an extraordinary opportunity that will require extra effort and commitment on your part, especially during the first 2/3 of the semester. You

Course Topics

  • observational drawing
  • defining a drawing practice (media, method, subject, & bigger idea).
  • creating multiples
  • moving from representation toward abstraction
  • moving from abstraction to space
  • expanding scale
  • executing a group exhibition

Course Requirements

  • Complete all drawing assignments.
  • Conduct research for drawing assignments and post to our class blog.
  • Submit assignments for grading and/or critique on the date due.
  • Read any assigned texts.
  • Actively participate in classroom discussions and critiques.
  • Attend and participate in specified events at the McColl Center.
  • Participate in all aspects of a class exhibition.
  • Participate in a panel discussion in conjunction with the class exhibition.
  • For Final Review, submit all work completed for this class.

Recommended Texts

Drawing Projects: An Exploration of the Language of Drawing, by Maslen and Southern, 2000 Black Dog Publishing, 2014

What is Drawing? by Angela Kingston, Black Dog Publishing Limited, 2003 (on reserve in library) 

Class Blog

All students are required to create at least one research blog post per week (for first 5 weeks) on an artist who relates to our theme, Drawing Into Space. Each blog post should be 150 words or more, and include 2 or more images of the artist’s work. Please be careful not to plagiarize, instead, summarize in your own words your research, and use quotes where appropriate, but always include links for citation purposes. See an example post here:

Additional blog posts will be required throughout the semester. See calendar for instructions.

Recommended Websites (You can view artworks and find articles, and short descriptions, etc. on these and many other websites)

There are additional links to some artists here (, but I encourage you to find other artists that fit our theme.

Calendar of UNCC Arts Events: 


Attendance Policy:

  • You must attend class, arrive on time, bring your materials and be prepared to work.
  • You are allowed 3 absences without penalty. You will need these for illnesses, emergencies, etc. On the 4th absence your semester grade will be lowered by one full letter grade.
  • 6 or more absences may result in failing the class
  • Arriving late to class, leaving early, and/or taking prolonged breaks 4 times = 1 absence
  • Attending critiques is especially important. A missed critique will count as 1 1/2 absences and will count against your “participation.”
  • You may not use class time to obtain materials – Do this before you arrive at class.

Academic Integrity: All work by students is subject to the standards of “The UNCC Code of Student Academic Integrity.” It is assumed that you are aware of and will comply with the spirit and specifics of the UNC Charlotte Code of Student Academic Integrity, which is available, online at:

Disability: If you have a diagnosed disability, which influences your ability to learn or have your work assessed in the classroom, all efforts will be made to meet your needs. Please provide a copy of your Letter of Accommodation from the UNC Charlotte Office of Disability Services by the end of the second week of classes. Their office is located in 230 Fretwell and more information is available online at: All information about your disability and accommodations will remain confidential.

Religious Holy Days: Students whose religious beliefs prohibit class attendance or the completion of specific assignments on designated dates may request an excused absence. If the student notifies the instructor of the classes to be missed due to religious holy days by the end of the second week of classes, the student will be excused. (Eligible religions are those whose places of worship are exempt from property taxation.)

Diversity and Respectful Interaction: All perspectives and opinions are welcomed and will be respected in this classroom or studio, as long as they are presented in manner that is respectful. Intolerance will not be tolerated. Be mindful of your conduct when engaged in experiences and discourses with those who differ from you in appearance, race, ethnicity, beliefs, gender, sexuality, style, politics or intellectual position. If you feel personally uncomfortable or alienated, or that diversity in general is any way stifled in this class, please let the instructor know so that the situation can be remedied. Be especially aware that studios are a public place, so be sensitive to images and other materials around your desk, including on your computer, which might be offensive to others. In addition, all students are required to abide by the sprit and the specifics of the UNC Charlotte Sexual Harassment Policy, which can be found online at:

Electronics: At all times during class cell phones, computers and other devices should be switched off and put away, unless permission to use those devices has been explicitly given by the instructor. All students are required to abide by the UNC Charlotte policy on Responsible Use of University Computing and Electronic Communication Resources, which can be found online at: Remember that harassment, as defined in the UNC Charlotte Sexual Harassment Policy, is prohibited, even when carried out through computers or other electronic communications systems, including course-based chat rooms or message boards 


Who is Grading You: While Hollis Hammonds is in residence with us, that is, through March 21, Hollis and Susan will jointly evaluate your work and determine your grades. After Hollis’s departure, Susan will determine your grades. Your final grade will be based on your performance throughout the entire semester.

A Word About Criticism: All advice, criticism and direction from the instructor are offered in the spirit of helping you improve your skills. Criticism should be based on honest and reasoned response to and analysis of the work under discussion. Keep this in mind during critique when you are critiquing the work of your fellow students. Criticism should never be used as punishment or humiliation, but rather as a means of problem solving and learning.

How to do well in this class:

The energy and commitment with which you approach this class will be evident and will affect the work that you produce. Making good art of any kind requires personal involvement and total engagement with the process. You should approach each assigned problem with the highest level of intention. Look for a way to make assignments feel like your personal work. Consider multiple possibilities for your project ideas. Push yourself to resolve each assigned problem to its fullest. Evaluate your first (and subsequent) attempts at a project and consider that you might need to make multiple revisions or completely redo some projects in a process of experimentation to arrive at an excellent final finished work. Listen carefully to critiques and try to make good use of the criticism offered. Likewise, offer thoughtful comments to other students during critiques. Attend class and arrive on time, prepared with homework for the day completed and with the materials needed for the day’s work. Use class time to focus on assigned work. Participate fully in all aspects of the class, be cooperative, and don’t be disruptive. Study assigned readings carefully and be prepared for discussions. Aim to produce excellent work that shows a great deal of effort and growth over the course of the semester.

Grade Breakdown

50%      quality of individual & small group collaborative work produced: including: aesthetic and conceptual development of the work; use of materials (consideration given for experimentation); meeting assignment requirements

25%      quality of collaborative installations created for the exhibition

10%      classroom work performance and active participation in class/group activities including critiques, discussion of any reading, in-class work habits, care of studio, etc.

15%      weekly blog posts

5%         attendance at and participation in McColl events with Hollis

Grade Definitions:

100-90% = A (Excellent): Meets or exceeds stated requirements of the course; exhibits significant improvement, development, and creative/intellectual growth over the course of the term; exhibits efforts from which both the instructor and students may learn; all work turned in on time and presented in a professional manner; all work is excellent.

89.99-80% = B (Good): Meets the stated requirements of the course; exhibits good improvement, development, and creative/intellectual growth over the semester; provides a measure for student emulation; and all work is turned in on time and well presented; all work is of good quality.

79.99-70% = C (Fair): Meets most requirements of the course; exhibits limited improvement, development, and creative/intellectual growth over the semester; and all work is turned in on time and well presented.

69.99-60% = D (Passing): Fails to meet some requirements of the course (the work is incomplete to a significant degree); exhibits little or no improvement, development, and creative/intellectual growth over the semester; and/or work is of a caliber only marginally acceptable at the university level. May result from poor attendance.

59.99-0% = F (Failing): Fails to meet the requirements of the course; and/or the work is incomplete or of a caliber unacceptable at the university level. May result from poor attendance.

REQUIRED MATERIALS: Save your receipts until you are sure you’ve got the right stuff.

Sketchbook 8 1/2″ x 11″ (approx. 100 pgs)

Pad of basic white drawing paper 18” x 24” (at least 24 sheets)

Glassine and/or Newsprint (for cover sheets to keep your drawings clean)

18 x 24″ & 22 x 30″ drawing paper in individual sheets:
2 sheets of Matte Drafting Film (or frosted Mylar)
Other Recommended Papers You Might Like: Stonehenge, Arches Cover, Strathmore Bristol (vellum or rough surface), Lanquarelle 90lb. cold press watercolor, Strathmore 400 Series Recycled Drawing (regular surface), Canson Mi-Teintes (use side with lighter texture)

Vine charcoal

Compressed charcoal

Charcoal pencils — soft and medium

Conté crayons — black, sepia, and white

Graphite pencils and graphite sticks — 1 ea of HB, B, 2B, 3B, 4B, 6B

1 ea black and either brown or blue ink (non-waterproof)

2 litho crayons (medium or soft)

Dry pastels (hard or soft pastels) — 24 colors (or more)

Colored Pencils — 24 color (or more) set of waxy, artist grade such as Prismacolor
Prismacolor Art Stix — can be purchased individually or in sets

Watercolor brushes: 1 round (#7 or 8), 1 flat (3.4” or 1”) and 1 large-ish Japanese Sumi brush
NOTE: For the round and flat brushes, buy “inexpensive” synthetic-hair brushes that are soft but have some spring

Erasers: kneaded, 1 vinyl, 1 pink pearl, & (optional) 1 artgum

Paper stomps and small chamois cloth

Small pencil sharpener and sanding block or emery boards

3/4″ or 1″ masking tape

Knives: X-acto and utility/matt knife and blades


“bulldog clips” (to hold paper on drawing board)


Workable fixative and Crystal Clear fixative

24” ruler

Portfolio (available in a wide range of types and prices — you can also make one from chip board or corrugated cardboard)

*Additional materials may be assigned as needed.


Glue, tape, string, rope, yarn, etc.

22″ x 30″, or larger, portable drawing board (We have these in room for general use, but you might want your own for working outside of the classroom and to be sure it’s clean)

Conté Pastel Pencils — can be purchased individually or in sets

Oil pastels

watercolor crayons such as “Lyra” or “Caran d’ache” crayons 


Craft paper

Paper packing tape.

Other materials TBD, depending on our final ideas for the collaborative installation


*Some local stores offer student discounts, so show your supply list and/or UNCC ID and ask about this.

Binder’s, 284 S. Sharon Amity Rd., (Cotswold Shopping Mall),

Cheap Joe’s Art Supply, 1848 Galleria Blvd. Suite D, (near Monroe Rd. and Sardis Rd. N)

UNCC Bookstore

Grey’s Bookstore


Hobby Lobby

Jerry’s Artarama, 1-919-878-6782,

Dick Blick, 1-800-828-4548,

Daniel Smith, 1-800-426-6740,

Utrecht, 1-800-223-9132,

MisterArt, 1-800-721-3015,

Graphic Chemical, 1-800-465-7382, (for paper & printmaking supplies)

There are other sources of supplies. If you find a good one, please share this information with the class. 


NEVER smoke, eat or drink while handling art materials. Many materials including pigments and solvents are toxic when ingested. You may not notice any problem now, but the effects are cumulative and can show up later in your life. After working, always wash your hands

When cleaning up, think before throwing something down the sink drain and/or in the trash. If you are using paint thinner or other solvents, these should be disposed of in special hazardous waste containers. If you are using acrylic paints or mediums, use paper towels to clean up and discard any solid paint before washing your brushes and tools with water. Do not throw chunks of paint in the sink.

 Class Schedule:    This calendar is subject to change – pay attention to announcements in class.

  • Monday, Jan. 11 – day one introductions… Hollis lecture… Discuss course goals and exhibition (moving from 2D to 3D… drawing in space). Go over syllabus, review materials list. Setting up your blog.

Homework: get materials for Wednesday, Write your own personal definition of drawing: How do you personally define drawing? What constitutes a drawing for you?

For the first part of the semester, this class will take on a workshop approach: each day new mini workshop exploring drawing & spatial experiments.

  • Wednesday, Jan 13 – discussion: What is Drawing?; gestures: warming up, drawing from life; Project 1: spatial relationships: emphasizing foreground, mid ground, background; Materials: 18”x24” white paper pad, graphite & charcoal

Homework: Project 1 due Feb. 22; Research Blog Post #1


  • Monday, Jan. 18 – MLK day… no classes
  • Wednesday, Jan. 20 – gestures continued, drawing from life (small studies) – Project 2: using multiples as installation technique (Mark Fox, Raymond Pettibon, Beili Liu); Materials: 20 small sheets of paper (8.5” x 11”), miscellaneous drawing tools (possibly india ink & brush or color pencil)

Homework: Project 2 due Feb. 22; Research Blog Post #2

  • Friday, Jan. 22 – McColl Center Open House and Exhibition Reception; post a response to your blog (100 words)


  • Monday, Jan 25 – moving toward abstraction – layering drawings; Project 3: multiple drawings on same page (Jenny Saville, Jennifer Purdum, Julie Mehretu); Materials: 18”x24” paper pad, litho crayon, brush, water, 2 sheets of drafting film

Homework: Project 3 due Feb. 22

  • Wednesday, Jan. 27 – (Mia Pearlman (cut paper), Do Ho Suh (rubbings), Myriam Dion (cut newspaper), Sarah Sze, Arturo Herera, and others); Project 4: drawings (or cut/altered paper) turned into collage; Materials: newspaper, roll paper, or other papers, charcoal, pastel or color pencil, x-acto, scissors, tape, etc.

Homework: Project 4 due Feb. 22; Research Blog Post #3


  • Monday, Feb. 1 – Project 5: Small group collaborations: spatial drawings using unconventional materials (string, tape, sticks, etc.) (Hew Locke, Janet Echelman, Emily Sall & Rebecca Ward); Materials: string, yarn, cord, tape, push pins, scissors

Homework: Documentation (at least 2 photos and 150 word description) of this project must be posting to blog by Feb. 22

  • Wednesday, Feb. 3 – Project 6: Small group collaborations: 3D constructs, (cardboard, tape, paper, cutting tools) (Timothy Harding, Clemens Behr, Val Britton); Materials: 18”x24” paper or rolled paper, recycled cardboard, paper tape, box cutter or x-acto, drawing tools: charcoal, acrylic paint, ink, etc.

Homework: Documentation (at least 2 photos and 150 word description) of this project must be posting to blog by Feb. 22; Research Blog Post #4


  • Monday, Feb. 8 – TBD
  • Mon-Tues 2/8-9 — Submission dates: 2014 Annual Juried Student Exhibition; (10 AM – 4 PM)
  • Wednesday, Feb. 10 – TBD

Homework: Research Blog Post #5

  • Saturday, February 13— McColl Center Open Studio Saturday (sign-up)


  • Monday, Feb. 15 – student presentations (class will choose best concepts – create groups); strategize materials for collaborative project
  • Wednesday, Feb. 17 –work day – small groups meet w/ faculty to discuss execution plans

Homework: Process blog post (may include images and writing related to your collaborative project)


  • Monday, Feb. 22 – Projects 1-4 due, along with documentation of small group Projects 5 & 6 posted to the blog; work day
  • Wednesday, Feb. 24 – small group in progress critiques

Homework: Process blog post (may include images and writing related to your collaborative project)


  • Monday, Feb. 29 – work day
  • Wednesday, Mar. 2 – final in class work day

Homework: Process blog post (may include images and writing related to your collaborative project)


  • Monday, Mar. 7 – Spring Break
  • Wednesday, Mar. 9 – Spring Break
  • Saturday, March 12 — McColl Center Open Studio Saturday (sign-up)


  • Monday, Mar. 14 – (installation)
  • Tuesday, Mar. 15 – (installation)
  • Wednesday, Mar. 16 – (lighting/labels)
  • Thursday, Mar. 17 – 4-5PM Exhibition Panel Discussion; 5-7PM Exhibition Reception

Drawing Into Space: Works by UNCC/McColl AIR Hollis Hammonds and Students from the Department of Art & Art History. (March 17–30, 2016)


  • Monday, Mar. 21 – critique the show
  • Wednesday, Mar. 23 – document the show

Homework: Blog post about exhibition

  • Monday, Mar. 28 – (Day off for all the extra time spent leading up to show)
  • Wednesday, Mar. 30 – TBD


  • Monday, April 4 – TBD
  • Wednesday, April 6 – TBD
  • Saturday, April 9 — McColl Center Open Studio Saturday (sign-up)


  • Monday, April 11 – TBD
  • Wednesday, April 13 – TBD


  • Monday, April 18 – TBD
  • Wednesday, April 20 – TBD


  • Monday, April 25 – TBD
  • Wednesday, April 27 – TBD


  • Monday, May 2 – Final Critique


TBA        All work is due for Final Reviews. Art exhibition.

TBA        Individual meetings and work pickup